NBCSports The Diamondbacks will acquire outfielder J.D. Martinez from the Tigers. Jon Morosi had the original report and Jeff Passan confirmed. Martinez, 29, is hitting .305/.388/.630 with 16 home runs and 39 RBI in 232 plate appearances this season. He missed the first five weeks of the season with a Lisfranc sprain in his right foot. Martinez will become a free agent after the season, so this is strictly a rental for the Diamondbacks. The 53-39 Diamondbacks are 10.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West, but currently lead the Rockies by a half-game for the first of two Wild Card slots. Adding Martinez gives them a big bat to help in the final two and a half months of the season. Nick Piecoro reports that the Tigers will receive prospects Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara, and Jose King from the Diamondbacks.
If the Arizona Diamondbacks are serious about contending for the World Series, they needed to upgrade their right handed hitting, the Diamondbacks are hitting an embarrassing .213 against lefties which is tied for second worst in all of baseball. Adding the talented J.D. Martinez, who hit 38 homers and drove in 102 runs in 2015 and hit 22 homers in 120 games last season, gives the Diamondbacks the right handed power bat that they were missing in the heart of their lineup. It will be interesting to see if J.D. Martinez is a one year rental in Arizona, because his contract is up after this season, or if the Diamondbacks try to sign Martinez to another contract.